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February 25, 2011

Sales Soar at Seaside Mariana as Savvy Investors React to Outstanding Opportunities in Nicaragua

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mr Oscar @ 5:10 am

The signs are more promising than ever that the economic tide is beginning to turn, and more people are looking for and taking advantage of the promising opportunities in the market. The very warm reception given the recent offering of beachfront condos and Laya Boutique bungalows in the Mariana del Norte neighborhood of Seaside Mariana certainly indicates a positive trend here in Nicaragua.

In roughly 24 hours, most of the 16 available Mariana del Norte Beachfront Condos in Edificio Uno (Building I) and 6 Laya Hotel Bungalows were wrapped up by individuals looking for a tropical lifestyle and lucrative investment.

As a result, only a few select Beachfront Condos remain, including just 1 studio (still under $100,000 USD) and 1 single two-bedroom penthouse with soaring 20-foot ceilings and 2 Laya Hotel Bungalows are still available for under $100,000 USD.


Keep in mind these are fully furnished condominiums available in studio, one- and two-bedroom units, ranging in size from 484 to 1,160 square feet. The condos each have a large balcony facing the ocean and are set in two four-story buildings just steps from the beach. Each building also has a private pool for its residents.

The eco-conscious, thatch-roofed beachfront bungalows, stretched along the beach and the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, are completely furnished and feature a water-themed décor. The bungalows will be adjacent to the Laya Boutique Hotel, which is designed to offer visitors an “off the beaten path” destination with a beachfront pool, spa services and palapa-style restaurant


The world is quickly discovering that Nicaragua is an emerging, exciting place that combines natural beauty, friendly people, economic growth, political stability and a wonderful quality of life. International Living Magazine, a leading source on great places to live, puts it directly:

“The Pacific Coast of Nicaragua is one of the most dramatic, stunning and awesome stretches on earth…We believe this 40-mile stretch of coastline is primed to explode onto the world stage… and that if history is any guide, real estate prices could skyrocket.”

Nicaragua ranked as the World’s #1 Affordable Retirement Haven for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report: “Nicaragua is more attractive than ever…Here is where you should be looking to realize the adventure-filled retirement of your dreams”

Quite simply, the time to act is now if you’re seeking a lucrative investment opportunity, a tropical lifestyle


Now you have the perfect opportunity to come and explore Nicaragua, learn about the opportunities to live and invest here, and have your questions answered by leading experts. You’ll discover how easy and secure it is to purchase real estate here, and how to both enjoy and capitalize on your investment. You’ll also meet people who already have invested in Nicaragua.

The atmosphere is relaxed and fun, and you’ll leave with an appreciation for the natural beauty, culture, history and charm of this place we call the New Nicaragua.

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We’ll be happy to tell you more and help you find your place in the sun.

For more information, visit or contact Phil Alexander, Executive Vice President-Sales & Marketing, at For information about available real estate within the community, contact Mark Solak at

February 24, 2011

Great Housing in Southwest DC: Potomac Place Towers

Filed under: Uncategorized — Julia @ 11:08 pm

Southwest DC is the smallest quadrant of DC but has a lot of attractions for its neighborhood. For starters, Southwest DC is located by three metros, which are Federal Center SW, Waterfront Metro, and L’Enfant Plaza. Other attractions to this area is the theatre, the fish market down near the waterfront, the National Mall, the new baseball stadium, and of course let’s not forget the museums and gardens in this area. If you are looking for a home in this area, particularly a condo, check out theses condos that reside at 800 4th Street SW in DC which are known as Potomac Place Towers.

This condo unit offers the following stunning features:

  • An impressive gourmet and kitchen-breakfast bar
  • Maple cabinetry in the kitchen
  • Ceramic tiling in the kitchen and bathroom
  • Wall to wall carpet in the living room

Not only does this condo offers stunning features in its condo unit, but it offers an impressive amount of amenities for the potential homebuyer. These amenities include:

  • Fitness Center
  • An outdoor Pool
  • Business Center
  • Entertainment Lounge
  • Convenience Store
  • Excellent Parking

Potomac Place Towers offers many different types of excellent floor plans to the potential homebuyer. One bedroom generally starts at $249,000, and two bedrooms start at $300,000. Some of the units in this building have a duplex-two level, one bedroom including a den as well.

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Welcome to Potomac Yard

Filed under: Uncategorized — Julia @ 11:04 pm

If you’ve been searching for a prestigious address in a vibrant area, this is it! Pulte Homes introduces a new concept in urban living just across the river from Washington, DC.

Alexandria’s Potomac Yard blends a cosmopolitan lifestyle with historic charm. Located on the former site of the East Coast’s largest railroad yards, this innovative community blends railway heritage with an exciting urban renaissance.

Here you will discover a variety of luxury townhomes intertwined with restaurants, retail shops, and select offices. A distinct mix of modern and old-world architectural designs will be one of the hallmarks of this urban retreat. Not since Old Town Alexandria has there been a community of such character! Strategically placed throughout this expansive setting will be lush parks and winding pathways. You will be able to walk, bike, or jog around natural green expanses and a dog park will provide a welcoming place to play with your canine companion.

Living in Potomac Yard places you steps away from distinct shopping, dining, and cultural attractions. The Crystal City Metro Station-providing service to Washington DC, Northern Virginia, and Maryland-is conveniently close as is the Reagan National Airport. Crystal City and Pentagon City, renowned for their unique shops, exclusive boutiques, upscale national stores and eateries, are just down the street. Immediately adjacent to Potomac Yard is the Potomac Yard Shopping Center which features Target, Best Buy, a sixteen theatre cinema, and more.

Potomac Yard will offer the perfect marriage of modern living and historical charm within a stone’s throw of our nation’s capital.

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February 23, 2011

Numbers Tell An Important Story in Nicaragua

Filed under: Uncategorized — Julia @ 11:45 pm

While there are many places calling themselves lands of opportunity, Nicaragua has been quietly evolving into a country that indeed can claim to be a special place where opportunity abounds, both for its citizens and for those seeking investment and an invigorating lifestyle. Pretty photos and glowing words often are used to paint an idyllic picture, but Nicaragua also can back up its claims with numbers.

For example, Nicaragua’s economic performance has been steady in recent years, with the outlook extremely positive for 2011, according to recent data. The country’s exports increased by over 30% in 2010 and are expected to achieve that same level of growth this year. Other economic sectors also should show dynamic results, including tourism where another large gain is anticipated. Visitors to Nicaragua topped one million for the first time in 2010, an 8% increase, with roughly the same results expected for 2011.


Another very positive development for Nicaragua is the steady increase in foreign direct investment (FDI). The growth in exports is just one of the key areas that are expected to push FDI over $600 million in 2011, according to PRONicaragua, the country’s economic development organization. This rise is helping companies expand production capacities and continue growth, which bodes well for the overall economy. Also expecting significant upward surges are the energy and agribusiness sectors.


Personal safety and security always is an area of concern for visitors and investors. A 2010 study by CID Gallup Latin America found that Nicaragua has the lowest incidence of crime in Central America, which reinforces other studies that have ranked the country as the safest in the region.

On top of all this positive data is the fact that real estate prices continue to be stable and comparatively low in terms to other Central American locations. Plus, the latest incentives for retirees make the New Nicaragua one of the most conducive places in the world to call home.


Certainly, the natural beauty of Nicaragua and the investment opportunities found on the Pacific Coast are reason enough to come for a visit and do your research. But it’s easy to see that the numbers support the fact that Nicaragua offers an advancing, economically and politically stable environment for the savvy investor and adventuresome traveler.


Villa Fontanas- Thoughtful Design, Exceptional Value

Filed under: Uncategorized — Julia @ 11:23 pm

Villa Fontanas is conveniently located in the Willow Glen area of San Jose. Situated across from the Fruitdale light rail stop and has easy access to highway 280. You are just moments away from Santana Row, the shark tank and many of San Jose finest clubs and restaurants. Designed to compliment your active life style, Villa Fontanas offers the best in contemporary living with unsurpassed convenience and luxury. The unique Mediterranean design includes wide corridors and breezeways which separate many of the homes creating a sense of privacy. Standards include distinctive granite counters, solid wood cabinets, stainless steel appliances and designer lighting. Villa Fontanas offers several opportunities to relax, play, and entertain. Gather with friends in the home theater lounge, enjoy a glass of wine on the outdoor terrace, relax around the pool/spa, or workout in the fully equipped fitness center.

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Olive 8 Experiencing Successful Sales!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Julia @ 10:58 pm

Downtown Seattle’s Olive 8 Condominium reported they’ve taken in 15 new home sales, representing about $10 million, since their January 1st pricing reset. Olive 8 is the leading luxury Seattle Condo.

“(These) new closings will satisfy a third of our remaining construction debt,” said David Thyer, President of RC Hedreen Company. “We consider Olive 8 to be stable, with a minimal debt/unsold home value ratio. And we feel the homes are well positioned in the marketplace.”

RC Hedreen Company is planning on transitioning control of the Home Owner’s Association to the residents this Spring. “Our community belongs to the homeowners and not to a bank,” added Thyer. “This is a pivotal milestone for Olive 8 and it demonstrates our commitment to delivering certainty, stability and enduring value within the building.”

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February 18, 2011

Potomac Yard is the Place to Be!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Julia @ 1:12 am

Potomac Yard is the place to be: Urban. Vibrant. Ultra Convenient. Elegant, new townhomes place everything you love about the DC area within easy reach. Near Old Town Alexandria, close to fine retail, a few Metro stops to the Capitol area and minutes to Reagan National Airport. This is the ultimate in new urban living in an extraordinary 167-acre setting that will include new parks and recreational spaces. Here, architecturally distinctive townhomes offering three bedrooms and up to 3,000 square feet of living space will reside in harmony with thoughtfully planned surroundings.

Breathe. Play. Enjoy the nature of life. The city’s newest park will also be the city’s largest park. The Yard will offer an abundance of green space, recreational space, and you space. An unparalleled stretch of urban land with gardens, jogging paths, picnic areas, fitness trails, basketball, tennis courts and playgrounds. There’s even a doggie park. Woof, woof.

At Potomac Yard, you’re part of the inner circle, connected to everything that makes this one of the best cities to live in the world. Be part of the excitement – culturally, professionally and personally – that comes from living in Alexandria. Hop on the nearby Metro or take a short drive to world class dining, shopping, and entertainment. Modern museums and historic landmarks, the cultural treasures of our nation, are so close they’re practically in sight. Potomac Yard. It’s The Place-To-Be.

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February 16, 2011

Vista del Acqua: Ancient Philosophy, Modern Execution

Filed under: Uncategorized — Julia @ 11:51 pm

The “urban villas” of Vista del Acqua were crafted by developer Rudy Media using the principals of Vaastu Shastra, an ancient Indian philosophy of design and architecture.  Vaastu Shastra strives to create a balance between the elements of nature and human life.  Because of this, Vista del Acqua is abundant in both aesthetic and technological features, combining clean, crisp Mid-Century Contemporary styling with the warmth of natural materials throughout.

Each floor plan is carefully designed to maximize the panoramic views and to create a deep sensation of space and light.  Floor-to-ceiling windows bathe the living room area in warm natural daylight, bringing timeless skyline and harbor views right into the home.  A massive skylight illuminates the floating staircase from above.  Nanu doors fold open completely, erasing the boundary between indoor and outdoor space.   Imagine driving into your private garage and entering your home to the perfect mix of lighting, climate control, and even music – without having to lift a finger.  Because the homes at Vista del Acqua offer the very latest in Smart Home technology, its not only possible, its easy.  Just about every aspect of the home – from lighting to security to heating and cooling to entertainment systems – can be controlled from a single place, or even from an offsite location, such as a workplace or hotel.  With Vista del Acqua, the sophisticated urban lifestyle that was once only available though high-rise living can now be yours with the comfort and privacy of a truly detached row home.  And since each home is a separate structure, there are no expensive HOA fees to worry about.

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February 15, 2011

Alteza Announces its Models of its Luxury Condos Designed by PureModern Designers are Available for Touring the First Week of March

Filed under: Uncategorized — Julia @ 11:29 pm

The developers of Alteza—the luxury high-rise residences nestled in the heart of downtown San Antonio on the banks of its picturesque River Walk—announce its two furnished model units will be obtainable for viewing and touring the very first week of March, 2010.

Alteza features 147 luxury condominiums situated atop the 24-story Grand Hyatt San Antonio —from plush 1-bedroom homes to jaw-dropping penthouse suites—all with amenities suited for even the most discriminating of residents. The model units include a 1 bedroom/one bath (738 SF) and a two bedroom/two bath (approximately 1,500 SF).

The interior of the two model units and the owners’ private lobby had been designed by Phillip Crane, owner of London-based PureModern design firm. Crane is flying in from London to oversee the design of the spaces in early March.

“We are keeping the spaces a lot more contemporary—given the urban way of life of the owners—but didn’t want to go too ‘cutting edge,’ so we selected sophisticated rich browns and offset a lot of the warmth of the browns with bright white furniture and details,” says Crane. “Every once in a while you’ll see the hint of bright modern colors from touches of red, and unusual color combinations like eggplant and grey or beige. Additionally, we introduced a look and feel to some units that was unexpected, such as graphite-colored wood floors—striking and modern, yet really warm with the flooring still being wood as individuals would anticipate.”

Because Alteza is the only San Antonio condominium project that is connected with a hotel, the only project that is physically located directly on the San Antonio River Walk, and the highest altitude residences in San Antonio, the Alteza team is not surprised by the intense interest in the homes in the last several months—especially when coupled with the facts that San Antonio has exceptional resale prospects for condominiums because it is not overbuilt. In reality, the city is ranked No. 2 of “America’s Fastest-Recovering Cities” by Forbes magazine in its Nov. 2009 issue.

“Visitors to Alteza are blown away by the floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies with unequaled views of our downtown and surrounding countryside,” says Jaco. “They know living in our homes truly is ‘life from the top’ when they are almost level with the 750-foot-tall Tower of Americas downtown landmark!”

“We expect the initial owners will move in their new homes by this summer, and they can’t wait to start enjoying the safety and ‘lock and leave’ comfort that comes with a four-star premier hotel and its amenities at their fingertips,” adds Jaco. “We knew we hit the right nerve when a young physician who has lived all over the U.S. exclaimed ‘now, this is truly urban cool!’ when touring one model.”

“Alteza residents have easy access to downtown sporting events, restaurants, theatres, shopping and the well-known River Walk on foot, via taxi, trolley or river taxi, yet Alteza is just a fast 12-minute drive to our International Airport or the Medical Center,” adds Chapa. “And for those who love history, Alteza is walking distance to the city’s myriad of historic landmarks, which includes the historic King William neighborhood, La Villita, HemisFair Park…and the well-known Alamo.”

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Upcoming Tour will Introduce Visitors and Investors To Nicaragua’s Natural Features and Opportunities

Filed under: Uncategorized — Julia @ 10:40 pm

Intrepid investors and adventurers seeking a tropical lifestyle will have a chance to explore Nicaragua and its abundant opportunities March 16-20 when Grupo Mariana offers an extensive fact-finding tour and seminar. The special four-day event includes an oceanside celebration and a groundbreaking at Seaside Mariana, a 923-acre community situated on the country’s Pacific Coast that will feature a 330-room Wyndham Mariana Resort & Casino, Jack Nicklaus Signature golf course and a variety of residential options.

The tour includes visits to Nicaragua’s colonial towns, as well as guided exploration of some of the country’s renowned natural features, including its beaches, rain forests, lakes and volcanoes. Participants also will interact with specialists and experts who will provide information on the positive economic and tourism trends in Nicaragua, real estate investment in the country, and numerous other topics designed to provide a broad-based understanding of Nicaragua and its future.

Among the speakers are Marco A. Roca, Senior Vice President of Development at Wyndham Worldwide, Mario Salinos, Nicaragua’s Minister of Tourism and Javier Chamorro, Executive Director of ProNicaragua, the Nicaraguan Investment Promotion Agency, the country’s economic development group.

We’re confident this event is an outstanding opportunity to gain a complete understanding of the beauty and opportunity found in Nicaragua, and ways to benefit from a very promising future. For North Americans tired of the cold weather, it’s also a wonderful chance to bask in warm sun and enjoy a beautiful tropical setting.

Nicaragua continues to gain recognition as possessing a wealth of natural beauty and resources, combined with one of Central America’s fastest growing economies that is highlighted by increasing international investment and record tourism numbers — over one million people visited the country in 2010.

Noting this trend, well-regarded Kensington Tours, which offers travel in more than 80 countries, cited Nicaragua as an outstanding place to visit in 2011. The report stated, “For clients who enjoy tropical weather and exotic surroundings, Nicaragua may be the next best, if not more authentic, alternative to travel to Costa Rica.”

Nicaragua also was proclaimed as one of the “world’s top retirement havens for 2011″ in a report by Kathleen Peddicord in U.S. News & World Report’s Money section. She cites the country’s very low cost of living, combined with realistic pricing for real estate, including beachfront property along the Pacific Ocean. Peddicord also noted that Nicaragua has established a new and improved foreign retiree residency program.

“As Ms. Peddicord points out, the availability of real estate and welcoming programs for retirees is making Nicaragua a top choice among people looking for a haven outside of North America,” Fleming says. Nicaragua also now is widely recognized as the safest country in Central America, as well as for its stable democratic government.

Grupo Mariana is building on these trends with a range of residential products on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast. The organization’s centerpiece is Seaside Mariana, while Isla Mariana is an island eco-resort.

Grupo Mariana also is committed to contributing a percentage of each real estate transaction in its projects back into the economic development of the surrounding area under its 5% for Futures program.

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